The LSD Silo Bust (Everything You Wanted to Know and a Few Things You Didn’t)

Plus Three | August 27, 2020

In response to the unexpected early release of William Leonard Pickard from prison, we discuss some of the characters and stories surrounding the case. Having served twenty years of a double life sentence for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and dispense LSD— charges which he disputes— Pickard has never spoken publicly about the specifics of his case, and some of the drug-media coverage of this story has evidenced glaring omissions. Using court documents, lesser-known first-person accounts, and excerpts from Pickard’s book, The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets & Sacraments, we call attention to some of the murkier aspects of this story in an attempt to paint a fuller picture of what is, perhaps, the most notorious psychedelic story of the 21st century.

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Co-hosts: Brian Normand, Neşe Devenot, David Nickles, Brian Pace. Editor: Matt Payne.

Episode links

LSD Chemist William Leonard Pickard Has Been Released From Prison

Acid Chemist Pickard RELEASED from double life sentence (Video)

Order For Release (Highlighted)

Timeline of Gordon Todd SkinnerState of Oklahoma Department of Correction – Pre-Sentence Investigation Report: Krystle Cole

Subterranean Psychonaut

Sea of Radiance: An Interview with William Leonard Pickard


Halperngate (Video)

Underground LSD Palace (Video)

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